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  • 09-Nov-2018 | Alok Chandra

    Clink the right glasses

    What is a 'proper' wine glass, and how does one go about choosing one?

  • 26-Oct-2018 | Alok Chandra

    What makes vintage wines

    Mind you, only a very small proportion of all wines will improve with age: most white wines should be drunk within two-three years and the reds at best within three-five years

  • 12-Oct-2018 | Alok Chandra

    Wine for thought

    Projecting a per capita wine consumption of 1 litre in 20 years would give us a market of 1.6 billion litres or 180 million cases - which meant a lot of opportunities to sell wines to Indians

  • 28-Sep-2018 | Alok Chandra

    One sip at a time

    Wine tasting is actually quite a lot of work: after the first few samples, both the nose and the palate start showing fatigue

  • 14-Sep-2018 | Alok Chandra

    Fruit of labour

    Wine grape harvesting was done by hand till advances in technology enabled machine-harvesting to increase the harvest speeds by up to 100 times

  • 31-Aug-2018 | Alok Chandra

    Wine and aphorisms

    "Life is too short to drink bad wine" (anonymous). Absolutely true, and something I like to put into practice

  • 17-Aug-2018 | Alok Chandra

    Where the spirit is freed

    To increase demand, you have to make it easier to import or produce wine, as well as make it easier to sell the stuff

  • 03-Aug-2018 | Alok Chandra

    Join the club

    Over a period of time, most wine clubs tend to become fairly exclusive

  • 21-Jul-2018 | Alok Chandra

    Wine matters and money

    Wine consumption in India should by now have jumped to at least 50 million cases

  • 06-Jul-2018 | Alok Chandra

    Wine snobs

    Imported wines cost two to three times more in India than in international markets

  • 22-Jun-2018 | Alok Chandra

    The art of ordering the right wine

    We Indians tend to look at the right-hand-side of the wine list, with the well-heeled ordering the highest-priced wines, while the more economically-minded go for the lowest-priced bottles

  • 09-Jun-2018 | Alok Chandra

    The writing on the bottle

    Here are some of the best wine magazines

  • 25-May-2018 | Alok Chandra

    For the love of Pinot

    Pinots have been planted in cool wine regions around the world, principally in the US and New Zealand's South Island

  • 11-May-2018 | Alok Chandra

    The tapas bars of Andalusia

    Tapas is a snack that may consist of bread with various combinations of cheese, olives, veggies, ham, fish and egg

  • 27-Apr-2018 | Alok Chandra

    The perfect 100-point wine dinner

    Michel Chapoutier is one of the most famous vintners in France and one of the first in the country to convert to biodynamic viticulture

  • 13-Apr-2018 | Alok Chandra

    The clique of wine drinkers

    Interestingly, while Bengaluru has nearly five groups of wine and food societies or associations that meet regurlarly, Delhi has only two and Mumbai none at all

  • 30-Mar-2018 | Alok Chandra

    Celebrating the harvest

    While you may have missed the festivals this year, get a headstart with the 2019 wine calendar

  • 17-Mar-2018 | Alok Chandra

    The 8,000-year-old history of wine is replete with instances of fraud

    The Phylloxera epidemic devasted vineyards in Europe in the second half of the 19th century such that wine production in France fell from 8.45 bn litres in 1875 to only 2.34 bn litres in 1889

  • 03-Mar-2018 | Alok Chandra

    What are principal wine regions of France, and what do they produce?

    French wines rarely give the name of their grapes on the label

  • 17-Feb-2018 | Alok Chandra

    Matching cheese and wines is an art: Here are a few pairing hints

    Paired with Baluchi's Indian (all non-veg) cuisine, what stood out was the Vina Tondonia Reserva, Rioja, 2004 paired with Badami Bater or Sofiyani Pork Ribs

  • 03-Feb-2018 | Alok Chandra

    Measure of a drink: Apaltagua Gran Verano Chardonnay 2017 is dry, fruity

    The strength of wines varies from 9 per cent (Rieslings) all the way up to 15 per cent for some blockbuster wines, and so does the impact

  • 19-Jan-2018 | Alok Chandra

    The spirit of Italy

    Wine has been produced in Italy since, at least, the 8th century BCE and flourished with the expansion of the both the Republic and the Roman Empire under the Caesars

  • 13-Jan-2018 | Alok Chandra

    Sula, Grover and Fratelli, three of India's most popular wine trails

    Wine trails make for excellent short breaks. The author takes you within sniffing distance of three

  • 05-Jan-2018 | Alok Chandra

    What's new on the wine menu in 2018

    Big bottles (magnums are 1.5 litre and Jerobaums 3 litre) will gain popularity for parties; wines in 375 ml bottles will be aimed at mass market

  • 22-Dec-2017 | Alok Chandra

    Homemade Christmas concoction

    It's winter in the northern hemisphere, so naturally red wines are the flavour of the season